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Sophie Taylor

Dr Sophie Taylor BSc (Hons), PGCLTHE, PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

Senior Lecturer


Summary

I am course leader for the BA (Hons) Education and Psychology and Counselling degree, a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am currently studying for a Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Academy S.P.A.C.E.

About

As course leader for the BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling degree I am responsible for continuous improvement of the course based on student feedback.

Prior to my current role, I worked in the Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics for 10 years as a lecturer and then senior lecturer. My teaching focused on developmental psychology and quantitative research methods modules. Latterly, I was a key contact for staff and students as the liaison tutor between the Education and Psychology departments.

I am in the second year of the Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My placement is as a trainee specialist counsellor at the NHS Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service.

Teaching

Sheffield Institute of Education

Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area or group:

Education

Subject area or group:
BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling

Module leader for Social In/Exclusion in Educational Contexts module

In addition, I teach on the following modules:

  • L4 Foundations of Counselling
  • L6 Research project supervision
  • L4 and L5 Academic Adviser

 

Research

My PhD research assessed the development of social cognition and executive function in late adolescence and early adulthood using a sequential design. I also analysed how mood and executive functions predicted social cognition.

My later research has focused on Facebook use, mental health, empathy and self-esteem in early adulthood.

More recently I was part of a multi-disciplinary research team conducting a large mixed methods online survey about the effectiveness and acceptability of treatments for fibromyalgia.

Publications

Journal articles

Taylor, S., Furness, P., Ashe, S., Haywood-Small, S., & Lawson, K. (2021). Comorbid Conditions, Mental Health and Cognitive Functions in Adults with Fibromyalgia. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 43 (2), 115-122. http://doi.org/10.1177/0193945920937429

Taylor, S., Steer, M., Ashe, S., Furness, P., Haywood-Small, S., & Lawson, K. (2018). Patients' perspective of the effectiveness and acceptability of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments of fibromyalgia. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. http://doi.org/10.1515/sjpain-2018-0116

Furness, P., Vogt, K., Ashe, S., Taylor, S., Haywood-Small, S., & Lawson, K. (2018). What causes Fibromyalgia? An online survey of patient perspectives. Health Psychology Open, 5 (2). http://doi.org/10.1177/2055102918802683

Ashe, S., Furness, P., Taylor, S., Haywood-Small, S., & Lawson, K. (2017). A qualitative exploration of the experiences of living with and being treated for fibromyalgia. Health Psychology Open, 4 (2), 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1177/2055102917724336

Ashe, S., Furness, P., Taylor, S., Haywood-Small, S., & Lawson, K. (2016). "Not all in my head": a qualitative exploration of living with fibromyalgia and its treatments (Oral presentation). The European Health Psychologist, 18 (Supp), 695. http://www.ehps.net/ehp/index.php/contents/article/view/2048

Doherty, T., Barker, L.A., Denniss, R., Jalil, A., & Beer, M.D. (2015). The cooking task: making a meal of executive functions. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00022

Taylor, S., Barker, L., Reidy, L., & Mchale, S. (2015). The longitudinal development of social and executive functions in late adolescence and early adulthood. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00252

Taylor, S., Barker, L., Reidy, L., & Mchale, S. (2012). The typical developmental trajectory of social and executive functions in late adolescence and early adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 49 (7), 1253-1265. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0029871

Theses / Dissertations

Taylor, S. (2014). The development of social and executive functions in late adolescence and early adulthood. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Barker, L.

Other activities

Other external responsibilities:

  • Member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Ethics reviewer for the College of Social Sciences & Arts

 

 

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students in areas related to my research interests.

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